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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

I can't wait to see the debate on this...

Over at Newsalert, I got wind of this chart which shows the distribution of IQs between men and women. It shows how fewer women have higher IQs than men. They linked to an article from Breitbart Big Government which further explains various studies showing how men have higher IQs than women. I can only imagine that someone wouldn't be happy about this outcome.

Monday, October 05, 2015

Another job hunting anniversary coming up...

We're approaching an anniversary of sorts this month. I noted another anniversary which involved an interview which turned into a bust. To be honest, it frustrated me even in spite of all that happened afterwards. It was a dodged bullet, but it was frustrating because it seemed like a give me and it didn't happen.

Fast forward to two years later and my frustration was less about that opportunity and more about my inability to land a job offer even in several different industries. I'm talking retail, finance, or even entertainment and more frustrating was some interviews were good and still nothing.

Now in 20/20 hindsight perhaps I failed to connect. The interviews where I did get the job typically it seemed they were interested in my education to start. Probably some other aspects too, but basically the signals were there. In some cases the interview went well but it seemed the interviewer was ready to get me out of there with not much of a proper appreciative gesture.

Anyway I had one interview which tickled me and why was because it was unexpected. It was a fail to be honest but only because I didn't get it. I consider that at that point it was time for me to leave the job, but was it in my best interest to remain in that industry for that time. Oh yeah that industry was entertainment - film exhibition movie theaters.

The seminal interview that began that odd streak of rejections was for management and so was this interview. It was not at the start or even midpoint, but at the end as it turned out when I finally did get a job offer.

I never expected to be a candidate to be a manager at another movie theater chain and this would have provided the growth I had been looking for. I basically winged this interview which is truly not the best idea, but it was unusual in that well the folks who I had interviewed with called me from another state. I went into this with interest but I was like wtf. Learned later on that this is what they do so I was semi prepared but not totally.

I gave some good answers to their questions especially one I would like to share and shows where my head was at during that period of time. The question was regarding how would I motivate the workforce. My answer involved rewards knowing that concession revenue is how a theater makes money we want to encourage the workers to consistently upsell and suggestive sell. I never offered any details although in my head this would start with monetary rewards.

I felt as if I connected very well with the interviewers, but with the knowledge they've had of my job back then perhaps I realize my iffiness. While I sort of obsessed over this opportunity, now perhaps I'm glad it didn't happen. It was time to pursue other opportunities and do something different as happened eventually.

The way I see it now, if I was to break back into that business after going in another direction they key now is to do something different. Get the benefit of working in a different setting or organization and even moving up. The next management interview, I'll have some different ideas and perhaps be a better candidate.

In the meanwhile, I can only wait for the right opportunity. The next opportunity to move up and ahead.

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Friday, October 02, 2015

The need to restore order according to "Sicario"

Saw the movie Sicario on Thursday. It both spooked and depressed me. It wasn't about the body count as much as it was the methods used by law enforcement or the criminal side to combat each other.

An FBI agent (portrayed by Emily Blunt) was assigned to essentially independent contractors to fight a Mexican drug cartel. She had been spooked and depressed by some of their methods. Basically these independent contractors seeks to reassert some form of order to the drug trade that hadn't existed in years.

Then I thought about Chicago with the issues of gun violence. I understand that violence in Mexico makes our violence seem like childsplay. But all the same our city streets are plagued by those who aren't much different than those cartel enforcers.

A few years ago, I attended a neighborhood meeting with a featured guest Chicago police chief Garry McCarthy and one of the questions came up involving these gang's hierarchy. If each of them has a top guy to maintain some type of order would we see the violence we've been seeing in Chicago these days.

McCarthy didn't want to hear that considering that in the past the number of murders in Chicago approached almost 1000/year. So he questioned having a leader like Larry Hoover would truly calm the violence in some parts of Chicago.

In watching Sicario this aspect of city violence came to mind. Do we need people just like those in these criminal groups to restore some form of law & order in the world?

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Go Cubs Go

So I hear the Cubs are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They're going but will they have a wild card spot or could they win the NL center? Time will tell but we're about a week or so away from the end of the baseball season.

On Saturday they lost their game against Pittsburgh but they still had a celebration at their clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

Just think as of this season it will have been 70 years since the Cubs have even won the pennant. I'm hoping for great success in the playoffs this year. Looking forward to following them in the playoffs.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

What's this American exceptionalism?

This term has come up mainly in conservative channels and it was summed by physician and GOP Presidential candidate Ben Carson. Paraphrasing he noted how when America arrived on the scene the world was stuck in doing things the same way. Then 200 years after America arrived on the scene humans walked on the moon....

Perhaps what Ben Carson is driving at is how in a short time Americans became successful in a variety of endeavors. We were determined to beat the Soviet Union to the moon during the 1960s. We made the technology to get humans there.

I've learned over the years that Americans are open to new ideas especially ideas that can serve to change our lives. In the last 100 years we have electricity, light bulbs, aircraft, automobiles, telephones, etc and they're commercially available for everyone to either own or use today. Today we're still innovating and finding things to improve upon.

America isn't perfect, no nation created by a person or persons truly is. People can debate all day whether on not this is the home of the free, but we are free in many ways. More free than people in other countries.

I'm not sure I've totally explained American exceptionalism, but I would like to say that our products aren't what we spread to the world. In fact what Americans can spread around the world is the philosophy of individual liberty. It's a small part of what it means to be an American, but without recognizing the liberty of an individual nothing else really follows.

Friday, September 11, 2015

September 11

[VIDEO] It's that time of year again to remember the victims of 9/11. As usual I try not to watch any footage from that day. In addition in listening to Mancow Muller this morning he wanted to replay  his coverage of that day on the air on this day in 2001.

To be sure I turned the radio off in advance so I wouldn't hear his coverage from back then. As a matter of fact, I was listening to Mancow on that day in 2001 in addition to watching live coverage on network TV in my bedroom. And it took me quite a while to process it all.

All the same, let's remember the victims of this horrific tragedy and here are other Sept. 11 posts from here on this blog over the years. Thanks.

Oh yeah the video above is Crystal Morning by Evan Coyne Maloney. It's a reminder for those of you who do. I don't plan to watch at all, but it's certainly a good depiction of what happened that I saw years ago.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

To better oneself

A friend of mine once noted that I tended to dwell on things. Not long ago I dwelled on a job that wasn't destined to hire me. Indeed that company was destined for trouble.

I dwelled on the disappointment because it was thought of as a winner and it wasn't. It took me time to really get over it and you know other disappointments followed. It was easy to deal with, but it was also easy to dwell on them also. Though not as much as I had that initial opportunity.

Almost two years after that experience another opportunity opened up for me. It was probably far better in the long term and while it came after interviewing at the job I ultimately accepted, it was exciting. It was possible I got too excited, but this one caught me by surprise.

In the meanwhile I landed where I am now, and things have been going well. I can get caught up on some bills. Saving up more cash, and generally somewhat more happier that I have been in a long time.

Could things change in the future, of course. Perhaps the good times don't last, but you enjoy them while you have them. It's been quite a while that I've had good news and in my current role I'm running into them.

That being said, it's OK to remember the past. I dwell on it too with past relationships, but ultimately it can weigh you down. At some point you must move on, because chances are others have. We have no choice there are other issues will come up that you must deal with. At some point you have finish the chapter and move on to the next.

BTW, hopefully I can expand on that surprising opportunity in the near future.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

It's September...

[VIDEO] An infrequent tradition, but nonetheless an excuse to post on this first of the month this video from Earth, Wind, & Fire...September. I hope you enjoy this good music. It's old, but I hope the music industry gets back to making good music such as this!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hulk Hogan

It was in the news in July that Hulk Hogan the wrestling superstar had been recorded using racial slurs. Hogan had been employed by the WWF in recent years however they cut ties to the legend they helped create after this recording had been revealed.

This morning Hogan was interviewed on ABC's Good Morning America pleading for forgiveness. Admitting not only that in his youth the n-word was thrown around like it was nothing, he also noted that this came during a time of great weakness. That is a very low point in his life.

While I don't consider myself a Hogan fan now - although I once was at one point - it's a good thing that now he's attempting to put out his side of the story. He claims to not be a racist and even his daughter has come to his defense. BTW, Hogan directed his comments to a boyfriend of his daughter.

I hate that the WWF (or actually WWE) has effectively removed any reference to Hogan in their history or even their Hall of Fame. That's a shame, although I understand why they did it here's hoping that they can get together in the future and Hogan can take his rightful place as a legend in the WWE universe.

BTW, I still refer to the WWE as the WWF which is the initials I have known from my youth. However the WWF universe doesn't quite have the same right as the WWE universe...or does it???

Friday, August 28, 2015

Personal tech purcahases

Millenium Park, Chicago, IL
It was the question of the day Wednesday at Capitol Fax, and my answer at the end of the night was these lenses I bought for my phone. More specifically olloclip 4 in 1 lens for the iPhone 6. I've been using since purchasing them and they have worked nothing but wonders for me.

Even snapped some shots to my own ig and the ig for The Sixth Ward. What you see above is a shot of a sculpture taken in Millenium Park through a fisheye lens. I only wish I took several shots with the wide-eye lens and then one without any lenses at all.

More recently, I bought a case for the phone that will allow me to fit the lens onto the phone. It's something I hope to carry with me for the foreseeable future until I find a different case that can accommodate the lens.